We can't as photographers, pine for 'the good ol days". Why? Because they are gone, forever. We aren't going to see any new film bodies from Nikon.
The game is all about volume, constant feature/function/megapixed/high ISO upgrades, and slow zooms. Metal bodies, and metal barreled fast primes with aperture scales are gone.
I don't like it, but if you try to make great images with what you have, rather than speculate about what could be, you will do as I have done, and simply accept the market for what it is. And that is all about hardware, and 6 month model cycles.